Printmaking

Printmaking

The printmaking area at the University of Arkansas encourages students to investigate and challenge a diverse range of contemporary print media through experimentation, cross-disciplinary practices, conceptual issues, and critical thinking. Utilizing the history of print-based media, contemporary art historical and theoretical issues, and a thriving visiting artist program, students are encouraged to explore a range of topics that enable them to understand their own work and how it is situated within print media. Students are able to analyze the role of the printed mark and multiple in contemporary visual culture and contribute to the ever-expanding definition of the medium through practice and theory.

Housed on the second floor of Edward Durell Stone’s Fine Arts Center, the printmaking area encompasses over 1500 square feet of communal studio space where students can engage in a wide range of traditional, contemporary, and evolving print media practices.

The printmaking area offers undergraduate (B.A., B.F.A.), post-baccalaureate, and graduate (M.F.A.) coursework in intaglio, relief, monotype, lithography, screenprinting, book arts, digital applications, alternative processes, professional development, and special topics.

Facilities & Equipment

 

Intaglio & Relief

  • two (2) American French Tool Floor Model Etching Presses, 36 in. x 60 in.
  • Charles Brand hot plate, 24 in. x 36 in.
  • rosin aquatint box, accommodates 24 in. x 36 in. plates
  • spray booth with ventilation
  • ventilated acid area with vertical ferric chloride bath
  • fume hood with ventilation
  • Pexto metal plate shear
  • large paper soaking sink and preparation area
  • various Takach hand inking rollers and brayers

Lithography

  • Takach Floor Model Lithographic Press, 40 in. x 72 in.
  • Takach Floor Model Lithographic Press, 34 in. x 60 in.
  • Takach aluminum plate backer, 30 in. x 40 in.
  • Takach six hole punch registration system
  • lithographic stones ranging from 10 in. x 14 in. to 24 in. x 36 in.
  • hydraulic lift
  • graining sink with levigators
  • various leather rollers
  • various Takach hand inking rollers and brayers

Screenprinting

  • ATMA manual vacuum printing table, 27.5 in. x 31.5 in.
  • Blackline WDX backlit washout booth
  • Cam Spray pressure washer
  • various scoop coaters and squeegees
  • various moveable printing stations with hinges
 

Darkroom

  • Amergraph AdVantage 150 exposure unit, 30 in. x 40 in.
  • equipped with UV safelights, storage, and preparation space

Letterpress

  • 400 square feet
  • Vandercook Universal I
  • Vandercook No. 1 proof press
  • Boxcar Base, 9 in. x 12 in.
  • selection of wood type and lead foundry type

Digital / Post-Digital

  • iMacs equipped with Adobe, Autodesk, and other software
  • Epson Stylus Pro 3880, 17 in.
  • Epson Stylus Pro 7890, 24 in.
  • Full Spectrum Laser 45W laser/engraver, 20 in. x 12 in.
  • US Cutter SC vinyl plotter, 25 in.
  • access to other digital equipment, lighting, and department computer labs

General Studio

  • extensive ventilation
  • stationary and moveable work surfaces
  • numerous glass inking stations
  • flat files
  • drying racks
  • digital projector and sound system